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Qatar aim to improve best-ever fourth place in Asian volleyball

Qatar aim to improve best-ever fourth place in Asian volleyball

Tribune News Network
Doha
The Qatari team landed in Tehran on Monday to compete in the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship with determination to improve on their best-ever finish – a fourth place.
The championship, which has 16 teams, will start on September 13 and conclude on September 21.
The matches are expected to be quite hard as only top eight will get chance to figure on the 2010 Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament.
The 2018 Asia Volleyball Cup champions Qatar are clubbed in Pool A with hosts and two-time winners Iran, 2007 winners Australia and Sri Lanka. Qatar, fourth in the 2015 edition, will play their opening match against Australia on September 13.
The Qatar squad consists of Mubarak Dahi Waleed, Ahmed Jamal, Ibrahim Saeed, Bilal Abunbout, Othman Abdel Waheed, Nader Abu Bakr, Mahmoud Essam, Renan Rebeiro, Khaled Shamia, Mahdi Badreddine, Milos Stevanovic, Sultan Abdullah, Sami Mahmoud, Suleiman Saeed and Naji Mahmoud. Argentine Camilo Soto is the coach.
Nine-time winners and defending champions Japan are top-seeded and placed in Pool B along with Chinese Taipei, seventh seeds, Thailand and Hong Kong.
Pool C has 2017 runners-up Kazakhstan, three-time champions China, Oman and Indiam fourth in 2005.
South Korea, who have won four out of eight finals are in Pool D with three team whose best has been fourth place in the championship - Indonesia, Kuwait and Pakistan.
Top two from each pool will play in Pool E and F to decide classifications for the quarter-finals, which will start on September 19. The semi-finals are scheduled on September 20. The bronze medal and gold medal matches will take place on September 21.

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